UAS West Symposium

Benefits of Attending

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) have seen a golden age in the last decade growing to an annual budget of $7 billion. Most of this growth has been through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but with the drawing down of troops, what’s next? Analysts still predict growth in this industry, estimating a total increase to just over $89 billion in the next decade. Not only is the military expected to sustain its backing of UAS technology, but the civil and commercial markets are poised to open up to a host of opportunities for the industry. “In the next 20-30 years these things (RPAs) are going to explode” – General Mark A. Welsh, III, Air Force Chief of Staff

  • Future UAS Development Opportunities and Trends – DoD, International, and More
  • FAA UAS Operating Considerations & Section 333 Exemption Process
  • Emerging UAS Service Needs and Initiatives from the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, & USCG
  • UAS for Maritime Surveillance & Customers & Border Patrol Needs & Opportunities
  • Key COCOM UAS Needs, Challenges, and Requirements
  • UAS Weapon Technologies, Initiatives and Tactics
  • UAS Autonomy and Manned/Unmanned Teaming (MUM) Break-Throughs & Capabilities

This outstanding symposium offer the attendees invaluable information on the emerging opportunities in the military, commercial and civil markets as well as closely examine current programs and first hand experiences with UAS.

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“Very well organized. Great speakers and networking”
UAS/RPA Subject Matter Expert, 705th Combat Training Squadron

“A very good lineup of relevant experts”
Deputy Director, Air Force Joint Test Office (AFJO)

“Speakers are good, location good, contacts very good”
Director, New Business Development, HITCO

“Great span of the field, real authorities”
Vice President, Business Development, Space Data Corp

“Broad based perspectives were excellent”
Defense Fellow, U.S. Congress and U.S. Air Force

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  • The Honorable Congressman Scott Peters, D-52nd District, California
  • RDML Mark Leavitt, USN, Deputy Commander, Naval Air Force/Naval Air Force Pacific Fleet
  • Mr. Billy Gililland, President, General Atomics Systems Integratio
  • Mr. Timothy Sutherland, Deputy Director, National Air Security Operations Center, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Sierra Vista, Dept of Homeland Security
  • CAPT (USN ret) Ted Venable CNT, UAS Program Manager at Commander, U.S. Naval Forces South and Commander, (COMUSNAVSO/C4F), USN
  • Mr. Eddie Gleason, Director, Office of Legislative Affairs, U.S DHS
  • Col Patrick Mason, USA, Commander, Redstone Technical Test Center (RTTC/ATEC)
  • Mr. Thomas Baker, Director, UAS-AI Joint Test, U.S. Northern Command
  • COL Courtney Cote, USA, Chief, U.S. Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations
  • CDR Andrew Gephart, USN, Director, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Directorate
  • CDR (ret) Chris “Pyro” Fitzgerald, USN, Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific (N809A), (COMNAVAIRFOR, CNAF), UAS Requirements
  • COL (USAF RET) Kurt Carraway, UAS Flight Operations Manager, Applied Aviation Research Center, Kansas State University
  • Lt COL Summer Fields, USAF, 13TH Reconnaissance Wing, 940th Air Force Reserve Command, 10th Air Force
  • COL Keith “LJB” Ward, USAF, 163rd Operations Group Commander, ANG
  • LtCOL Kain “CHEWIE” Anderson, USMC, Commanding Officer, Marine Aircraft Group, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
  • COL (USAF ret) CHRISOPHER PEHRSON, Director, Strategic Development, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. g
  • Mr. Keith Smith, Chief Engineer, Battlefield Airborne Communications Node Joint Urgent Operation Need Program, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Mr. Wayne Perryman, Program Leader, Cetacean Health and Life History Program, NOAA
  • CDR (USN ret) David Place, Naval Post Graduate School, Research Associate
  • Mr. Andy Thurling, Director, Product Safety and Mission Assurance, AeroVironment, Inc.
  • Mr. Michael Blades, Senior Industry Analyst, Aerospace & Defense, Frost & Sullivan
  • Mr. Alan Frazier, Associate Professor, Department of Aviation, University of N. Dakota

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Source: ASDEvents
Date: Jul 1, 2015